It is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious when trying to deal with the enormity of the present crisis. Here are some strategies that can help us regulate our anxiety levels and cope with the rapidly changing situation.
Take a break from the news and social media
Constant updates can cause stress, anxiety and fear. Instead, check a few trusted sources once or twice daily.
Plan for things that you can control
Educate your family and yourself about preventive measures, buy appropriate supplies, and prepare your household.
Learn simple relaxation techniques
Practice simple meditation and relaxation techniques like deep breathing to help you stay calm, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Reach out and connect with others
Sharing your fears can help alleviate your anxieties. Stay connected with your family and friends while following physical distancing protocols.
Make time for other interests
Don’t let the pandemic become the topic of every conversation. Allow yourself to disengage every once in a while.